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The life of Ryan Scott Anderson of Redwood City, a Peninsula chef, father and life partner, will be celebrated at a memorial service at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Congregational Church of Belmont, 751 Alameda de las Pulgas.


Ryan, who turned 40 on May 21, died of cardiac arrest on June 18. Born in Santa Rosa to Paul and the late Bette Anderson, he was raised in San Carlos. He attended Carlmont High School and then graduated from Mid-Peninsula High School. He then studied at San Francisco City College Culinary Academy and began his cooking career.


Ryan served as head chef at St. Michael's Alley Restaurant in Palo Alto for 10 years. After he and Katrina Archibald started their family, with the arrival of son Holden, he moved to daytime positions, most recently with Just Catering and Epicurean Group.


Ryan enjoyed cooking at home for his family and his legion of devoted friends. He loved coaching soccer and baseball for his son's teams, and he had an uncanny ability to quiet any screaming baby, which led to his reputation as the "baby-whisperer." Animals of any sort held a special place in his heart, and he was, above all, an awesome, kind, thoughtful and caring husband and father.


Ryan is survived by his life partner and best friend Katrina and son Holden, both of Redwood City; his father Paul Anderson, his stepmother Maura Whitmore, both of San Carlos; his sister Amy Anderson of Foster City; and his grandmother Frances Brunette of Newman.


Memorial contributions may be made to a trust account for the benefit of Ryan and Katrina's son Holden. They should be sent in Holden's name, in care of Jonathan Lucas, CFP, Ameriprise, 533 Airport Blvd., Ste. 500, Burlingame, CA 94010.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 7, 2013
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